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Planning a Christening

These days faith is not the only factor in arranging a christening. It can be a great way for family members to come together in communion to celebrate a momentous occasion for your child. This can also help you to secure a good church school spot when your child is much older!

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Depending on which church you go to, expectations of service/mass attendance may vary. Some churches may require you to be there on a regular basis whilst others may be less stringent – Christmas and Easter would be the only times they see you. Be sure to check with your local church as to how frequent you need to attend church on a mandatory basis.

Everyone is always more than welcome to attend church more often than expected. It would be a great way to foster relationships with not only your fellow churchgoers but also the vicar and members of the clergy.

Bringing your child into the church early also helps to foster a sense of homeliness with the church and therefore the child would be more used to going to church and attending service/mass later in life.

Blessing or Christening?

A christening is essentially a call for your child to believe in the Lord Jesus and repent his/her sins. Considering that your child is still a baby, it is pretty obvious that most parents and some members of clergy would question as to the baby’s understanding of the christening and all that it entails.

Hence, you can opt for a blessing for his/her sound arrival into this world, without any promises made on the baby’s behalf. Your child would be more suited to a christening when they’re older and better able to understand baptism.

If you’re uncertain of which path to take, talk to friends who have had a traditional christening or those who have just had a blessing. You could also consult with your local church as to your options.

Booking a christening

When you have set your mind on a christening, talk to the vicar of your local church. You will have to find out if this event is by itself or a part of the main Sunday service.

Depending on which church you go to, some may just ask for your preferred dates for the ceremony and your chosen godparents’ names whilst others may want extra details in regards to the baptism itself, your faith and that of the godparents.

Selecting godparents

In Christian tradition, generally godparents were selected because they had strong Christian faith and are able to guide the child to grow in his/her faith. Though this is the preferred option by most churches, these days, most godparents are selected from family members or close friends.

For your child’s sake, please consider taking the time to choose a proper godparent. If you are picking a friend, think about what sort of role they may play in your child’s life. Would you still be friends with them years later?

Will they offer you and your child the support and guidance needed when needed? Think about it: would your child be best suited for a relaxed or strict guardian? How much faith and knowledge of faith does your godparent of choice need to have?

Though you are the parent of the child, the godparent plays an important role in bringing up the your child in a spiritual sense. So, do choose wisely as to whom you would like to be your child’s godparent(s). Also, more importantly, does your child like them?

In a traditional sense, most girls would have two godmothers and a godfather whereas boys would have two godfathers and a godmother. Then again, this amount is completely up to you.

Getting the christening gown

The gown that is usually worn by both girls and boys is coloured cream or white. It would be a lovely touch if you had one that was a generational heirloom but if you don’t, you can shop at antique/vintage clothing outlets or buy a brand new one.

The service itself

If the service itself is held especially for you, please remind guests to arrive no more than 10 minutes before the starting time. The christening held in your child’s honour might not be the only thing that’s being held that day and the vicar would need to keep track.

All guests will gather around the front, with the godparents and parents in front. A service sheet with bolded text will be usually be handed out to godparents so that they may know as to what they need to say during the event. The christening would take no more than 20-30 minutes.

Even though it may be summer, some churches can be quite chilly so be sure your baby is wrapped up warm and do consider bringing a set of spare clothes to change into in case of an emergency.

After the service

Depending on how you would like it, you could hold a small tea reception with nibbles and tea after the service. If your guests are from quite a distance away, do consider getting something a bit more filling for them.

Plan in advance so that things can be cooked ahead of time and just reheated on the day itself. You can also consider a catering service if you have extra money to spend.

Do invite the vicar for the after service tea as a way of thanking him!

Don’t forget to visit our baby gift shop before the christening!

For My Grandchild Memory Book Review

This is our review of the For My Grandchild Memory Book by Fill and Tell

Grandchildren Memory Book

The For My Grandchild Memory Book is a wonderful gift where you can share your life stories, hopes and dreams for the future with your grandchildren, giving them a long lasting and personal keepsake that they can cherish.

Grandchildren are a precious and a wondrous addition to our lives who deserve the best of everything and as much love and knowledge as we can bestow on them.

Starting a memory book for your grandchild can bring about hours of reminiscing, joyous memories and fantastic tales of things that have happened throughout your life.

Sharing these memories with your grandchild is an ideal way to preserve them and pass knowledge down through the generations.

Memories are Special to All

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Sharing wisdom with your grandchild is easy with the memory book, inside the book you will find 50 thick, quality pages where you can add snippets of life, family history or even special tokens or mementoes.

The book can be filled in over time with help from your grandchild or given to them as a special gift full of your own words.

At 22 by 23 centimetres the memory book is perfect for smaller hands and also has a padded cover.

Each chapter of the book focuses on a different area of life such as your favourite things, travels and adventure, how your own parents met and other titles.

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You can add as much or as little information as you want and give it your own personal touch, this will help your grandchild understand the person you are and how you became that person.

Spread Joy and Wisdom

The For My Grandchild Memory Book is a gift that keeps on giving, as your grandchild grows up he or she can compare some of their own stories to yours and also add other items about their close family and life.

This Fill and Tell book is also one of a set of two available to buy as keepsakes all with colourful illustrations that bring each page to life. The second book is called My Best Book About Me.

The For My Grandchild Memory book is a fun item that can be embellished over time with your hopes and aspirations for your grandchild.

Tell him or her all about your own childhood, allow them to see the differences between the generations and when they are adults they will have fond memories of stories and snippets of wisdom told to them by you.

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Treasured Moments

Filling out the For My Grandchild Memory Book is an excellent way to start sharing those treasured moments from your own childhood with your grandchild.

Recounting special times, remembering your own early days and writing down all of those wonderful moments that helped to shape you into the person you are.

Grandparents play a large part in the lives of their grandchildren so it is a special gift to share with them your own story, family history and more.

With plenty of space to share everything the memory book could become a family heirloom that will be treasured for many years, to be enjoyed and passed down through multiple generations.

Get yours for £24.99 including delivery.

*These have now been discontinued but there are still a few around so if you want one, be quick!

 

Pirate Ship Money Box

This beautiful silver pirate ship is one of our most popular baby boys gifts, and rightly so.

Money boxes are always great gifts for babies and children because they give an incentive to start saving from an early age. All children should have their own money box.

Our pirate ship money box comes in two options, engraved or blank (standard).

Boys Gift Pirate Piggy Bank

Attention to detail

This gift always receives lots of attention and compliments. On camera it’s not easy to capture just how detailed and exquisite it really is.

There is the window, port holes, mast with cross bones etched onto the front, hanging front anchor, pirate flag on the top with skull and two ‘ropes’ going up from the ship to the mast. It is silver-plated and very reflective.

There is a slot on the top for children to drop coins inside, as well as a twist off opening underneath to access them.

Dimensions are 14cm x 6cm x 6cm. It’s the perfect size to be displayed with pride on a bedroom shelf or desk.

Jolly Roger Silver Pirate Ship

Personalised Money Box

At Angel Gifts, engraving is also offered as an option. You can choose to have up to two lines, with 25 characters per line (including spaces). The more text you have, the smaller the writing so less is more.

Some engraving ideas include:

  • Happy Birthday James
  • For Pirate Ryan
  • On Your Christening Lucas
  • Noah’s Pirate Ship
  • Well Done Thomas
  • 1st Birthday Liam
  • Christening Day 03.11.13

Silver Plated Pirate Ship

The pirate ship money box is the perfect baby boy gift for any occasion, especially as a boys christening gift.

Get yours for £11.25 including free delivery.

Christening Poems

Here a few lovely christening poems to consider for your christening service.

Christening Poems

May angels guide you

May angels guide you on your journey in life,
and sprinkle you with their love and light.
May you have the gifts of laughter and song,
and be filled with dreams that last all the days long.
May you live and care with kindness and grace,
and know within your soul, courage and faith.
You will be wrapped in the warmth
of your family and friends, and rays of
love will shine on you without end.

A darling angel

Your darling little angel
Was sent from Heaven above
As you celebrate his (her) christening
You’re surrounding him (her) with love

A small child

A small child
So precious and sweet,
Has come into your lives
To make them complete.
Today is so special
In every which way
Enjoy baby (name)’s
Special Christening Day

First came love

First came love
Then came marriage
Then came (name)
In a baby carriage
Now’s the time
To make it all complete
And to hold the Christening
Of this child so sweet

Celtic blessing

May the strength of the wind and the light of the sun,
The softness of the rain and the mystery of the moon
Reach you and fill you.
May beauty delight you and happiness uplift you,
May wonder fulfil you and love surround you.
May your step be steady and your arm be strong,
May your heart be peaceful and your word be true.
May you seek to learn, may you learn to live,
May you live to love, and may you love – always.

Welcome precious little child

Welcome, precious little child,
So fresh from God above,
Baptised today in Jesus’ name,
Held in His arms of love.
May angels guide your tiny feet
And bring you smiles to wear
And may our Heavenly Father
Always keep you in His care.

On this day

On this day of Baptism
May God, who loves us all,
Smile lovingly upon this child
So innocent and small
May He guide this darling girl
Throughout the years ahead
As blessings light the pathway
Where her tiny feet are led

Your tiny feet

May angels guide your tiny feet
And bring you smiles to wear
And may our heavenly Father
Always keep you in His care

Your Guardian angel

Wherever You Go
Whatever You Do
May Your Guardian Angel
Watch Over You

Our darling daughter

No earthly joys could bring
More pleasure
Than our beautiful girl
To love and to treasure
So may angels guide
Your tiny feet
Our darling daughter
So small and sweet

Footprints

“Walk a little slower Daddy” said a child so small
“I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower Daddy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So walk a little slower Daddy,
For I must follow you.

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May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

I hope you enjoy these christening poems and if you have any other suggestions please let me know.

Don’t forget to visit the Angel Gifts shop for a lovely christening gift.

11 Christening Day Facts

Over 10,000 christenings per month take place within Church of England churches. Around 7,000 of those a month are babies under a year old, and around 3,000 are aged between 1 and 12 years old.

All churches welcome christenings and are happy to baptise new youngsters.

Here 10 interesting facts about christenings

1. Is there a difference between a christening and a baptism?

The answer is no. There is no difference. Babies get ‘baptised’ during the ‘christening’. This is similar to couples getting ‘married’ at a ‘wedding’. The terminology can be confusing because people refer to baptisms gifts and christening gifts, and they sound like they may be different events.

The meaning of the word christening means becoming a Christian church member. Whilst baptism means to be immersed in water.

A baby or child is baptised with water when they are christened and become a member of the church.

2. What is the purpose of the baptism?

A baptism is said to signify the start of a child’s journey with God. This journey continues throughout their life and is a way of remembering that the child is loved by God and is a part of the church community. It also marks a celebration. It is a time when all the family and friends come together.

3. What happens during the christening service?

During the service, water will be blessed by the vicar and poured gently onto the baby’s head. The mark of the cross will be signed on their head. An oil may be used to do this and a special candle may be lit and given to one of the Godparents to hold.

The parents and Godparents make some promises on the baby’s behalf and prayers are said for the baby and family. The service will usually include some readings and some hymns.

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4. Does the christening give the baby’s name?

The official baby’s name is given by you when you register their birth. This name will be used during the baptism when the water is poured over the head.

5. Is anyone allowed a christening?

All babies, children and their families are welcomed by the church. It is not essential be married to have your child christened and you also do not have to be someone who goes to church often, nor have been christened yourself as parents.

Certain churches do insist that you live with the local area however, due to the popularity of christenings. If they christened babies and children from afar, there may not be space for the local children.

6. Are there any costs involved with a christening?

The christening service itself is completely free. However if you plan to have a party and food afterwards there will be costs. There can also be costs involved for any christening invitations you send, and of course a dress or outfit. It is possible to keep costs very low the more simple you make the occasion.

7. Where can I have my christening?

Usually a christening is carried out at your local church. If you want it to take place at a special church where you were married, or where you grew up, you would need to arrange to speak to the vicar there to assess availability. The chances are they will be happy to have you.

8. Is there an age limit to have a christening?

There is absolutely no age limit and you can have your baby or child christened at any time. After the age of seven however, the child will be expected to be able to make the promises to God themselves.

9. When can I have a christening?

Very often christening services take part within the main Sunday service of the church. Some churches do christenings at a separate time such as on the Sunday afternoon. The vicar will be able to advise of times.

10. What about the Godparents?

You can have as many Godparents are you like contrary to popular belief, and they don’t have to be married. It is traditional for boys to have two Godfathers and one Godmother, and for girls to have two Godmothers and one Godfather. The choice is entirely yours. Godparents do have to have been baptised themselves though.

The Godparents you choose should be people who you think will be there for your child, help them when they need it and be of an age to take part in the service.

11. How do I book a christening?

You will need to go along to your local church to see the vicar, give them a call or check out their website for how to arrange your day.

What To Wear To a Christening

A christening, like a wedding, is a happy event to be celebrated. But a lot of people don’t have a clue what to wear to a christening.

Although there is no official dress code, when going to a christening you would usually opt for a smart day time look, wearing light or bright colours. Black and dark clothes represent unhappy events.

A new baby has been born so it’s a celebration!

The time of year and weather will of course have a big impact on what you wear. In autumn and winter, women will be unlikely to be out in sandals and a mini skirt. It will more likely be trousers, coats and cardigans.

It is still possible to look cheery even though the sun may not be shining on the day with a few bright accessories.

Churches are also notoriously cold, so you will likely be keeping your coat on until the reception afterwards. If the day is during summer you will have your pick of a wide range of possibilities.

What to wear to a christening

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For women aim to wear one of, or a mix of the following:

  • Feminine
  • Light
  • Bright
  • Floral
  • Avoid all black – it’s a celebration

For men aim to wear:

  • Smart but casual is acceptable, usually in trousers, a shirt and some shoes
  • Wearing a tie gives added bonus points but is in no way essential
  • Avoid jeans and trainers

Great places to look for ideas for a christening outfit are in these stores:

Next.co.uk – classic outfits for both young and older men and women

Debenhams.com – a wide range of clothes to suit every taste

Asos.com – always young and fresh, for those who like to wear the latest trends

Whatever you decide, don’t get too hung up on what to wear to a christening.

You just being there is what’s most important to the hosts, to help them celebrate the birth of their child. There is no doubt that any effort you put into what you wear will be much appreciated.

Remember to choose a traditional christening gift to take along with you. Something classic and charming such as a silver money box or a silver plated rattle is always a welcome keepsake.

Silver Football Money Boxes – For Little, and Big Boys

Everyone will agree that most boys love football. In fact many are obsessed with playing the ‘beautiful game’ whenever possible and having the latest kit.

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At Angel Gifts we offer two exquisite silver football money boxes, ideal for the young football fan, or the future fan.

Silver is also traditionally given as a christening gift and these money boxes are always well received by the family of a little boy at his christening day. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with an unusual christening gift. These money boxes are the solution where boys are concerned!

First is our silver plated football money box.

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It is smaller than you might expect at around 8cm x 8cm x 6cm which adds to its charm. There is a slot at the top to add the coins and a twist off opening underneath to access the coins. It comes wrapped up in a presentation box and carefully packaged.

This is in stock now for £8.99 – very affordable and also money boxes have an important function. They encourage children to save. You could even add a few coins to get the collection started.

Second is our silver football boot money box.

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This football boot has actual studs underneath and looks very smart on display in a boys room. Its approximate size is 13cm x 9cm x 7.5cm.

It is £9.99 in the Angel Gifts shop. The money box arrives wrapped and inside a presentation box.

For bigger boys

These football money boxes have also been used for football collections in local pubs and have gone down very well with customers who comment on their charm!

Although they are aimed at children, adults do appreciate them too. You can imagine either one of them on display and people commenting on how nice they are.

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When given to a younger boy, it is a gift they will still appreciate for years to come that will grow with them. They could even be used to save up money for season tickets! What team do you think they will end up supporting?!

Both money boxes are silver plated yet very affordable. They make thoughtful gifts for a baby boy (or bigger boy). Visit Angel Gifts for a fast and friendly service and order yours!

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What is a Christening?

What is a Christening?

What is a Christening?

We know that christenings are religious events that take part in a church. A christening is actually the same thing as a baptism.

Typically there is a church service held by the vicar, followed by the child being blessed over a font using some sacred water. Often christenings take place within the same main weekly Sunday service.

Parents and Godparents read out small sections of a service sheet together throughout the christening service.  Usually boys have two Godfathers and one Godmother, whilst girls have two Godmothers and one Godfather.

The christening service itself is usually short and lasts around 20 minutes. Afterwards there is usually a gathering of family and friends for food and drinks at a home or venue.

What is a christening?

The religious meaning of a christening

The original meaning of a christening is to erase the child’s original sin and for them to become a fully pledged child of God.

It also signifies the child officially becoming a part of the church and Christian faith. Chosen Godparents are said to have a duty in raising the child to believe in the church commandments, and also to guide them as they grow up.

The pouring of the water over the forehead at the font signifies the cleaning of sin, and is followed by the formal naming of the child.

Why do people have a Christening?

Some of the reasons are:

  • For faith and religious reasons
  • It is something nice to do for the child and is like a party in their honour
  • It is a great way of getting all of the family together and create memories

The Story of Rapunzel and a Lovely Little Girl’s Gift

Most of us our familiar with the fairytale of Rapunzel. If you’re not, here is a summary of the original tale of this story (I had this Ladybird version)

The original Rapunzel

rapunzel-ladybird-book There was a childless couple that lived in a house that overlooked a beautiful garden. The couple prayed every day to God. They longed for a child and hoped he would bless them with one.  One day, they found they were finally having a baby.

They were very very happy, until the wife became ill. She stopped eating and the husband became very worried that his wife was going to waste away. He offered her lots of nice things to eat, but she didn’t want to eat anything at all.

He begged her, “please, you must eat something”. She thought hard about it and said “in the garden next door there is a herb called Rapunzel. I will feel better if I can eat that.” When the husband heard this, his heart sank.

The witches garden

A wicked witch owned this garden and she didn’t let anybody in. Because he loved his wife and wanted her to get  better, he decided he would go and get the herb whilst the witch was away.

He managed to get some of the special Rapunzel herb. But as he was leaving the garden, the witch appeared. “YOU THIEF! How dare you enter my garden”. She screamed at him. rapunzel-wicked-witchThe witch threatened him with a curse. He fell to his feet and begged her, “no, please, don’t curse me. My wife needs this herb. If she doesn’t get it, she will die. Soon she is having our baby and she is very ill”.

This made the witch stop and think. “Okay, I will let you go on one condition. After the baby is born, you will give it to me”. The husband’s heart sank. He had no other choice. He agreed, the wicked witch could have his newborn child.

A new baby girl

He gave the Rapunzel herb to his wife, and she recovered quickly and soon gave birth to their beautiful baby girl. The husband had made the witch a promise though, and she had not forgotten. She arrived and took the baby away.

They had named her Rapunzel after the herb that healed her mother. The witch locked her in a very high tower with no doors or stairs. There was just a single window on the top.

Locked in the tower

Rapunzel only ever saw the wicked witch whilst she lived in the tower. She grew up and became a beautiful woman. She had attractive eyes, a delicate soft voice, and golden hair that grew and grew.

She was desperately unhappy and would just sing to herself and cry whilst she was alone. The wicked witch would bring her food to the tower every day. To get to Rapunzel the witch had to shout:

“Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let down your hair!”

And instantly Rapunzel dropped her long, plaited her through the window and fell all the way down to the ground. The witch would then use the rope to climb up into the tower.

A passing prince

One day, a prince happened to be passing by and he could hear singing. The singing was beautiful and he fell in love with her voice. He began to visit the tower every day, just to hear her sing. A few days later, the prince noticed the witch climbing up the tower using Rapunzel’s hair after shouting for her. The next day, the prince shouted out

“Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let down your hair!”

Instantly, Rapunzel threw down her hair. The prince climbed up to the top and after this he came to see Rapunzel each night.

Caught out

One day, the witch found the Prince with Rapunzel. She pushed him out of the tower. He landed in a thorny bush and was blinded. She then banished Rapunzel into a far away desert. rapunzel-in-desertBut thankfully, the story doesn’t end here.

Many years passed. The blind prince wandered alone until he reached the desert where Rapunzel had been banished to. He heard the singing he had fallen in love with. He kept following the sound until they finally found each other.

They hugged and Rapunzel shed tears of joy at being reunited with the prince. Some of the tears fell into the prince’s eyes, and by miracle. he regained his vision.

Happily ever after

The prince took Rapunzel to the kingdom where he lived and they lived happily ever after together.

A few friends have recommended watching the Disney film Tangled which is based on the story of Rapunzel. Have you seen it? I’d love to know what you think about the modern version. When I get round to watching it I will write a post and let you know.

Our Rapunzel Money Box

Little girls love fairy tales and thankfully this one had a happy ending. This week newly added to the Angel Gifts shop is this beautiful Rapunzel Money Box. It’s a lovely reminder of the story and very pretty. silver-rapunzel-money-box

Rapunzel herself is leaning out of the window of her tower with her hair flowing down to the ground, whilst the Prince is at the bottom ready to climb up.

There are flowers to the left and right of the prince and on top are turrets and a flag with a heart on it. This money box looks stunning wherever it is displayed and adds a touch of elegance to any little girls room.

Money boxes are always great gifts as they encourage saving from an early age which is really important.

This Rapunzel money box is in stock and available now from Angel Gifts for £16.99

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Celebrity Baby News in August

It’s been a while since I’ve written a celebrity baby round up post so this is going to be a quick fire summary of what’s been going on over the past couple of weeks in showbiz baby world…

Danielle Lloyd gives birth to third  boy

Scouse beauty Danielle Lloyd has just given birth to a baby boy – her third son. She was really hoping for a girl and when it was revealed she was having another boy, it’s reported she was really upset about it. After getting home and reassessing the situation, she realised she was being silly and how lucky she is to have three healthy boys. Danielle herself said this is her last child and there are no plans for anymore.

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Kate Middleton in public

The Duchess of Cambridge  has made her first public appearance since the birth of baby George. She was attending the start of an ultra-marathon in Anglesey. They were without George who Kate told a member of the crowd he was staying with his grandma.

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Simon Cowell smoking in front of pregnant girlfriend

There are widespread calls for Simon Cowell to quit smoking as he could be harming his unborn baby whilst smoking in front of Lauren Silverman. It was a surprise that Simon Cowell is expecting a child with his friends ex. A friend of Lauren’s reported that he has been trying to cut down.

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Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie has baby

Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas has just given birth to a baby boy called Axl Jack Duhamel. She had three baby showers in total before the birth of Axl. Husband Josh of four years reported what good care she had been taking of herself, and how excited they were to meet the new baby boy.

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Katie Price baby Jett still in hospital

Yesterday Jordan announced on Twitter that her 2 week old son with third husband Kieron Hayler was still in hospital suffering with breathing problems. She was forced to have the baby 8 weeks early with an emergency caesarean whilst abroad on holiday due to some unexpected complications.  We hope he gets better very soon and can go home. Jett is a very unusual but nice name for a baby boy.

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Cinderella Money Box

One of our most popular baby girls presents is the Cinderella money box. It makes the perfect christening gift but is also great for any other occasion.

Here’s a reminder of what the original coach looked like in Disney’s Cinderella film!

Cinderella is the story of a servant girl who lives with her evil step mum and two ugly sisters. They treat her very badly.

With the help of some mice and Cinderella’s fairy godmother, she is turned into a beautiful princess just for one night. She goes to the prince’s ball and travels in a pumpkin that has been turned into a magical coach.

Cinderella must return by midnight or the fairy godmother’s spell will be broken and she will return to her original form as a servant girl. Whilst at the ball she falls in love with the handsome prince. As the clock turns midnight she has to rush off before she changes back, and on her way out she leaves a single glass slipper behind.

The prince is desperate to find the princess and owner of the glass slipper. He manages to find Cinderella and rescues her from her step mother and ugly sisters. They live happily ever after together.

Our Cinderella Money Box

Our real life Cinderella coach is certain to be adored by any little princess, especially those who are Disney fans (or future fans if the recipient is still a baby!).

It is in the shape of the original Cinderella coach and has four wheels, a steeple on top and a princess face on the side.

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Technical information

  • The money box is fairly heavy and feels solid, even though it isn’t solid inside, demonstrating its high build quality.
  • There is a slot for collecting coins on the top. The coins can be accessed from underneath the coach by removing the plug.
  • Approximate measurements are 10.5cm x 12cm x 9.5cm.
  • It is silver plated and very reflective. It is so shiny you can see yourself in it.
  • It arrives wrapped in plastic and tissue for protection in a presentation box.

The magical Cinderella Money Box is in stock and available from Angel Gifts for £19.95.

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William and Kate Overwhelmed with Royal Baby Gifts!

It comes as no surprise that new little Royal George has received a shed load of baby gifts from well wishers.

They have so many gifts that they’ve got to the point where William and Kate have asked people to stop sending their gifts and instead to please make a donation to the Imperial College Healthcare Charity. This is a charity based at St Mary’s Hospital where George was born.

The Royal aides have been reported to be struggling with the tens of thousands of gifts and cards that have flooded in for George since his arrival on 22nd July 2013.

You can’t blame people for wanting to send a gift. But you can imagine just how difficult it must be to handle so many at once. One thing’s for sure, George certainly won’t go short of anything.

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Some of the Royal baby gifts included-

  • Box set of Roald Dahl books from Prime Minister David Cameron
  • Hand embroidered blanket made by nuns in Spain from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
  • Reserved seat for George marked with a plaque in the Greene King Pub in Cambridge
  • Tricycle from London Mayor Boris Johnson
  • Three year old apple tree from Labour leader Ed Miliband
  • A personalised Aston Villa football strip from the club itself
  • Mini skinny jeans and hoodie from Kanye West
  • Baby salt water crocodile from an Australian state

There is a very mixed bag of presents here – and many more that are not listed. What would you send to the boy who has everything?

Here at Angel Gifts our most popular baby boy gift is this very cool looking pirate ship money box. When it’s engraved it adds an extra special personal touch.

If I were to choose to send George something it would be this, or you can’t go wrong with a classic teddy bear.

Pirate Ship Money Box

When giving any baby gift, it’s always the thought that counts and I’m sure William and Kate are very thankful for every one of George’s presents. We wish them well and I’m sure there will be lots more baby news to come from them.

 

Baby First Christmas Gifts

Christmas will soon be round the corner before we know it and it’s never too early to be prepared.

A baby’s first christmas is a very special time indeed! You want to buy a memorable and important gift for the special little person you know.

Christmas is always a time to be cherished with friends and family. Plus lots of baby cuddles, smiles and laughter. Everyone will want to see the new baby, and it can be a very busy time for all concerned!

Baby First Christmas Gifts

To make life easier when shopping for those baby first Christmas gifts, this Button Corner “My First Christmas” bear is a perfect gift for a baby girl or boy for their first christmas.

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This cute bear is lovely and soft. He holds a star with his message written across it. Like all Button Corner gifts, he is high quality and neutral in colour so can be given to girls or boys.

What other first Christmas gifts could you buy?

A special baby photo frame is always a popular gift, especially if you add a photo inside before you give it to the recipients and surprise them with it.

A baby money box complete with a few coins already added will make a thoughtful and useful gift for years to come.

Whatever Christmas gift you decide to give, have a wonderful time and create lots of special memories that will be treasured forever!

Get Your Photos Out!

Is the digital age the end of photos?

Now you may read this and think ‘No I have loads of photos!’.

But where are those photos? I am guessing on the most part you’re a social media sinner like me. I have 100’s of photos, but you will not see many of them around my house. They are trapped in my laptop, on my Facebook, or overflowing in my Photobucket…

It seems many of us these days are lazy snappers, we will whip our phone out and take photos. We will even upload them and share with friends. But gone are the days where we wait impatiently as Boots develop them and we open them up ready to cringe at the embarrassing photos as they are first glanced upon.

Those embarrassing photos, yes they can be deleted quickly, that is not really the problem. It is those gorgeous photos of our little loved ones that get left in phones, get tweeted or liked, but we don’t appreciate them in our own homes.

There are so many ways to display photos these days. You can go online and find people who can print your photos direct to canvas by uploading an image.

My favourite way though, is a good photo frame.

No longer do we have to suffer the plain 6 x 4 mahogany frames that you remember from your childhoods. Instead you can choose from a range of eye catching frames. They will draw your visitor’s eyes, and even yours as you walk around your home. Filling you with that warm feeling when you remember when…

Grandparents especially have lots of photographs about their houses and often have books filled with photographs. This beautiful Grandchild photo frame is something simple, but one that will be adored by any grandparent.

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Our little ones, they grow up so fast. We get so caught up in the day to day activities of being new parents that we can forget to organise our photographs.

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Then a couple of years down the line you rack your brains trying to remember exactly how old your little one was when he first started sucking his thumb or the day he first smiled at you.

These memories are ones you should cherish, because it won’t be long before they are bigger than you. So cherish being a parent, display your bundle of joy with pride in a cute first year photo frame and you will be surprised how much they change in just one year.

Finally something so simple, but stunning at the same time. Perfect for that first baby photograph to take pride of place on the mantel piece, or placed at your desk at work. It is cute, small and simple.

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It is worth it to take the time to print off images from your social media site. There are even booths in super markets now that do the job for you. If you find getting your photos printed difficult there are websites such as Snapfish and Photobox that will do the printing and post them right to your door.

Get your photos out and display them with pride!

 

Bring on the Baby Showers – Games and Gifts!

Once an American tradition, it seems us Brits aren’t far behind and the Baby shower is becoming increasingly popular. It also seems that it is not just an event for the expectant mums of the world, as now dads are starting to take part in the party.

So where do we start? What do we do? And who plans it?

Well we are here to help with some ideas for games and gifts to make your expectant mum’s baby shower something creative and full of giggles.

We get started with the etiquette of baby showers, and who should actually be throwing them for mum to be. Tradition would suggest that anyone but the expectant couple and preferably not a relative to avoid it looking like the family is asking for presents. I would suggest ignoring tradition on this occasion and anyone who wishes to throw mum to be a party should do so… All expectant mums should be spoilt.

Kate Party Baby Shower with Queen
Image courtesy of Alison Jackson for Shloer

Now for the fun part of the planning…..The GAMES!

We are all kids at heart and baby shower games (although a bit tongue in cheek) are all funny and light hearted. Here are a few of my favourites.

Delectable Dirty Nappies

Though completely harmless, this may not be for the squeamish. You need to buy a variety of chocolate, e.g. Mars bars, Galaxy, Flake, Milk way… As many varieties as you like but try to get differing chocolate all will become apparent.

Before the party, you need to melt the chocolates down in the microwave one by one (Be sure not to leave the chocolate in there too long as it will burn quickly). Number some nappies, so if you have six different chocolates you need six nappies. Then smear a chocolate bar in each nappy. As you will probably have guessed by now, the aim of the game is to sniff the ‘dirty’ nappy and guess what chocolate the ‘poo’ is.

Play Doh Babies

The challenge is to set… 5 minutes to sculpt a baby out of play doh…… GO! Mum is judge of this creative game, and you can all have a giggle at each other as you attempt to sculpt a baby. This is a fun light hearted game that everyone can play, even those with a squeamish disposition. Good luck on this challenge.

Bobbing for Nipples

This is a tongue in cheek game that is great fun (and a hit with the dads if they are joining the party). You need a paddling pool and some bottle nipples (teats). The aim of the game is similar to bobbing for apples. You have your hands behind your back and you take turns getting the nipples out with your teeth. This game can be done in a number of ways, either by timing, or competing against another. Either way this one is a giggle that everyone seems to enjoy.

So they are just a few games that you can play, of course they are many more but those are my favourites.

Remember the Gift

You can’t turn up to a party without a little something for mum or baby. I always struggle with this, as you never know what they already have, and you can ask the ‘What do you need?’ question, but then its not a surprise when mum opens her present. So why not step away from the presents they need (I always say that’s what the grandparents enjoy buying anyway)and try something special, something different. A little keepsake, a photo frame maybe? Or a money box for baby?

Whatever you decide, please look at some of the ideas in the Angel Gifts shop. We strive to offer a wide range of beautiful baby gifts.

Have a wonderful shower, hope these ideas have helped!

Celeb Baby News This Week – Zara Philips and Kate Middleton

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Zara Philips is Pregnant

Buckingham palace announced today that Zara Phillips, granddaughter to the Queen, and Mark Tindall, ex England rugby star, are to have their first child together.  This news comes before the imminent arrival of Kate Middleton’s baby, due at some point this month.

Despite it being announced that she is 3 months pregnant she has continued to compete in some risky equestrian events, on Saturday at a competition in Banbury she fell off her horse but was reported to be ‘fine’.

Zara and Mark’s baby will be born 16th in line to the throne, and with their parents sporting background you can expect them to be a superstar in the future.

Baby will make their appearance in the New Year and will be the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s Forth great grandchild.

The Prime ministers official spokesperson said that the announcement was ‘quite terrific news’.

Despite the arrival of Baby Tindall, Zara still intends on competing in the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 wanting to improve on the silver she received in London 2012.

I am sure we all wish them the best in the future and that Baby Tindall arrives safe and well.  Who knows who will be next in the royal family?

Baby born using new IVF screening technique

A baby has been born in the US using a new method for screening embryos during IVF which could dramatically reduce costs.  It is thought that only 1 out of 3 embryos have a chance of being s

uccessful due to abnormalities during the process.

For most women who go through this process is a gruelling process, and to have to go through it twice or even three times after being unsuccessful can be heart-breaking as well as financially debilitating when all you want is that little someone to love.

Baby Connor in the USA shown below was born after this successful study where doctors picked the embryo that they thought had the best chance.  However it will now take extensive research to prove that this method is successful.  Here’s fingers crossed… 

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It’s any day now, and the reporters are getting edgy, who will get the first snap of Baby Royal.

Photographers have been camped outside the St Mary’s Hospital where Kate will Give birth for a week now, yet she is not due til July 11th.

If Kate were to go into labour early she would be flown to the hospital by helicopter, and it has been seen that the parking bays at the hospital have been taped off with signs stating that they have been reserved for an event until 31st July.

We wish Kate good luck, and await the arrival of Baby Royal, Prince or Princess….

20 Edgy Baby Boys Names For 2013

Are you expecting a baby boy and stuck on which name to pick? Have a look at our top 20 guide to the most edgy and modern baby boy’s names for 2013. There is a wide choice and we’re sure you can find a little inspiration.

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What’s Hot for 2013 in the baby boy names stakes?

  • Jagger – he might have been a rocker, but this name is at the top of the charts for boys in 2013.
  • Lincoln – It’s a place and surname of an American president, but it’s also a very modern name for your little one.
  • Hawkins – Unusual and strong sounding.
  • Knox – Another strong name that is masculine but yet cool.
  • Jamison – A modern twist on James and pretty hip as a boys name.
  • Axel – Memories of another rock star, unique and perfect for some.
  • Nico – Popular in 2012 and still going strong.
  • Xander – TV star and actress January Jones named her baby boy this and we think it’s pretty edgy too.
  • Jace – Is it a shortened version of Jason or just a new and hip name for cool kids?
  • Mason – Solid and suitable for either boys or girls, plus we like it.
  • Lucas or Lukas – whichever way you spell it it’s a nice name for a boy.
  • Dominic – Making a comeback is this classic name, it just never seems to go far out of fashion.
  • Jaden – Faintly reminiscent of the orient and a perfectly good name for your baby boy.
  • Harper – The Beckhams called one of their children Harper Seven, but we prefer simply Harper for a boy.
  • Brooks – This name evokes memories of babbling water and streams, great for eco friendly parents to name their son.
  • Zuma – Good enough for Gwen Stefani‘s son so it’s good enough for any little boy.
  • Ryker – Are you a star trek fan? Then why not name your baby boy after Commander Ryker who was played by actor Jonathan Frakes in Star Trek – The Next Generation.
  • Thorn – even the cutest little boy can have a name like this, and they aren’t always prickly!
  • Brantley or Brentley – The meaning of Brantley is proud in English, Brentley is just a slight alteration of the spelling and just as nice.
  • Finn or Finlay – A light and pleasant name for any little boy, although can also be used for a little girl.

Naming a baby is never easy and with so many to choose from you can get overwhelmed by the choices.

Take your time and think about your baby growing up, imagining him as a teenager for example and see if you still like the names you have short listed. You could opt for a more traditional name or wait and see what your baby boy looks like before deciding.

Pink Teddy Bear Pictures

Teddies are awesome and all babies love them. They exist in all types of forms. There are big ones, small ones, soft and cuddly ones, ornaments, door stops, key rings, and the list goes on and on.

Pink teddy bears are very traditional gifts for a baby girl. You can never go wrong buying a newborn baby girl a teddy bear.

My baby daughter is huge fan of her pink bears. She has a couple of favourites but still loves them all. I decided to do a post featuring 6 very cute pink teddy bear pictures.

Our first pink bear is soft and silky with a big pink bow.

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This bear is not for babies although babies would definitely enjoy admiring and touching it. This is actually a tiny teddy bear brooch from Etsy.

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Next comes this pink door stop teddy bear. He sits proudly holding a little girls bedroom door open. This bear is beautiful and also heavy, being a door stop! It’s an important job.

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This girls teddy bear is a collectable Beanie Bear. I love the gorgeous rich dark pink colour of his fur, very pretty.

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Of course it wouldn’t be a complete list of pink teddy bear pictures without featuring a Care Bear. Does anyone else remember them? Children of the 80s definitely should!

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And finally is our Button Corner bear holding his treasured pink blanket. He is very soft and cute.

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Whichever teddy bear you buy as a baby gift, it is sure to be much loved by the receiver. In the case of newborn babies perhaps not right away because they are so tiny, but they will definitely like their bears as they get older.

Read more about the history of teddy bears.

 

What’s Happening at Angel Gifts?

Hello, Zoë here. Here’s an update about what’s going at Angel Gifts at the moment. I’ll try and make these updates more frequent, as well as the usual blog posts!

Competition News

This week I ran another Twitter competition and gave away a beautiful little photo frame from the Bambino by Juliana range of baby gifts. This sweet frame features a teddy bear with diamonte for decoration. The lucky winner selected by Random Result was @mammylea20 from Fleetwood in Lancashire.

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I also posted out a Button Corner clock that was won on Twitter the week before by @antloader from Essex. This competition received over 300 retweets and continued being retweeted well after the 9pm finish time!

New stock and photos

I had a large delivery from one of my suppliers this week with boxes of the most adorable gifts! I’ve still got several more to add to the online store yet and I can’t wait to get them on there.

I’ve been figuring out how to take photos of all the items to show them off at their best. Sometimes my current images just don’t do them justice and everyone likes as many photos as possible when shopping online. Over the next few weeks you will begin to see each of the items with lots more pictures!

Get social

I’m proud to say that Angel Gifts on Twitter is not far from 2000 followers! The current figure is 1845 followers. Within the next week I’d love to hit the big 2000. Can you help?

I also have an active Facebook page and a new Tumblr.

I’m yet to venture into Google+ yet but will definitely have a page there soon. Do you use Google+?

My favourite social media platform right now has got to be Pinterest. It’s such fun and a treasure trove of wonderful pictures of everything you can imagine. Join me there and follow along!

On the blog

New on the blog is the weekly feature celebrity baby news all about what’s happening each week in showbiz baby world. There’s also lots more regular posts, updates, information and features.

Orders!

As well as all of this I’m busy shipping out orders to all the lovely people purchasing baby gifts! It’s my favourite part of running Angel Gifts, sending out the items I completely adore too.

Until next time…. Have a lovely week. Zoë

All about Button Corner Baby Gifts

Button Corner gifts are easily recognisable by bear and his best friend, rabbit. This pair get up to allsorts of mischief and adventures together!

Button Corner logo

Everything in the Button Corner range of baby gifts is neutral in colour – including beiges, yellows and whites – making them an ideal present for both baby boys and girls.

Button Corner is also a great choice for when shopping for a baby gift before the birth when you don’t yet know the sex.

It can be difficult buying a baby gift last minute so the range makes life easy when you want to be organised with your gift ahead of the special day. Many of the gifts come beautifully boxed too!

There are lots to choose from to suit everybody and they are also very affordable.

Buying a baby gift is always an exciting time! Here are some of our favourites from Button Corner to give you some ideas…

Silver rattle.

Silver is traditional for a christening gift. See a previous blog post about the history of giving silver at christenings.

This gorgeous silver rattle comes in a lovely little box and keeps within the age-old tradition.

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Soft play rattle.

All new babies need one of these to shake and perhaps chew on – as they all love to do!

Baby soft rattle

Snow globe.

This Button Corner snow globe is very pretty and a popular gift. It looks lovely on display in a babies nursery or bedroom. It’s great to show babies the falling flakes and let them watch but it is definitely not a toy.

Snow Globe with teddy and rabbit

Ceramic wall clock.

This Button Corner clock makes a delightful finishing touch to any baby’s bedroom or nursery. Not only does it let you keep an eye on how long you’ve been with the baby, it encourages children from a young age to get to know about telling the time.

Baby Nursery Wall Clock

First tooth and curl boxes.

These cute little boxes feature the famous Button Corner rabbit and bear characters, one on each box. They are very sweet and create a safe place to store your baby’s precious first tooth and curl.

Tooth and Curl trinket boxes

First scan, second scan and first photo frame.

This is a firm favourite amongst the many photo frames here at Angel Gifts. This frame is truly beautiful and has space for a first scan, second scan and a first photograph. It has a glass covering over both sides and features a shiny silver teddy bear. Any pregnant friend receiving this would love it.

Button Corner photo frame

Whichever your favourite, Button Corner gifts are always high quality and beautifully presented. Visit the Angel Gifts shop today for many more and to view the full range available. All of our baby gifts are dispatched with quick delivery from within the UK.

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Celeb Baby News – Wayne Rooney, JLS Marvin Humes and Jack P Shepherd

This week in celebrity baby news:

Wayne and Coleen Rooney

Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen welcomed a new baby into the world on Tuesday. They’ve named him Klay Anthony Rooney. His older brother is called Kai. Both names are similar yet unusual names beginning with K. Read more about why celebrities are matching their baby names in this Guardian article.

Both Wayne and Coleen are active Twitter users and tweeted the news to their millions of followers.

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Image courtesy of The Guardian.

Marvin and Rochelle Humes

Another showbiz baby born this week was that of JLS member Marvin Humes and his wife, Saturdays member Rochelle Humes.

Alaia-Mai arrived on Monday morning and Marvin tweeted the news to his followers. Check out a great photo of the new Daddy here. What are the chances of this baby becoming a singer with both her mum and dad being very successful singers in bands? The odds are well in its favour!

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For more edgy and modern baby girl names check out this recent post on the blog.

Coronation Street’s Jack P Shepard (AKA David Platt)

The 25 year old actor most of us know well as on screen character David Platt, has just announced he and his fiancee, Lauren Shippey are expecting their second baby together.

Yet another avid Twitter used, Jack tweeted the news to his many fans. It will be Jack’s third baby after fathering a child in a one-night stand during 2010. Lucky for him, his wife-to-be forgave him and agreed to get married.

Anyone watching Coronation Street will know that the current storyline for David Platt is he’s expecting a child with his wife that is actually his brother Nicks. Jack P Shepherd’s Twitter followers were quick off the mark to ask of the baby news “is it Nicks?” He did seem to find the Nick jokes funny.

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Image courtesy of The Sun

More celebrity baby news next week!

20 of the Most Unique Baby Girl Names

Each year there is a change in trends. New and modern baby girl names are becoming more popular – 2013 is no exception. In the past babies were named after their parents or other relatives but now we see babies named after places, colours, famous people, seasons and even numbers (Harper Seven!)

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Here is our run down of the 20 most modern baby girl names for 2013

1. Arya – made popular by the current TV series Game of Thrones and still high on the list of 2013’s best baby girl names. Arya’s character is a tough girl with a heart and strong family values.

2. India – Cool and composed, this pretty name could be perfect. This name has that ethnic touch that some people love.

3. Olive – a gorgeous name, popular again after a break of a few years.

4. Blue – A colour we associate with boys but also makes a lovely girls name. Singer Beyonce named her daughter Blue Ivy.

5. Xandra – Unusual but cute, very modern and edgy. Many baby names are now much shorter than they used to be.

6. Zuri – Exotic sounding and beautiful. Similar to Suri Cruise, the name of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s daughter.

7. Riley – Can be used for both girls and boys.

8. Kali – An Indian name that means bud. A very pretty name that has a hint of mystery.

9. Maya – Also sometimes spelled Miya or Miah. Whichever was you spell or say it, this name is lovely for a little girl.

10. Topaz – A beautiful colour full of subtle hues and a deep shine, now used as a girls name.

11. Jayden – unisex name but very nice for either a boy or girl.

12. Teal – Another colour, simple but pretty. Reminds me of a rich tapestry.

13. Elena – A modern twist on Eleanor and a beautiful town in Bulgaria.

14. Rain – Simple yet pretty and loved by eco-friendly mums and dads.

15. Eve – Old fashioned but enjoying a comeback as a trendy baby girl name.

16. Tia – Short and sweet, definitely rising amongst this years most favoured baby girl names.

17. Faye – Brings forth images of beauty, serenity and peace.

18. Logann – Can be used for both girls and boys, although usually spelled with an extra N for girls.

19. Trinity – A character in The Matrix films, this name is up and coming once again.

20. Zahara – There are not a lot of names beginning with Z, so any that do are unusual and exotic sounding.

Whichever name you choose, be mindful that your baby girl will live with it for a long time. Altering the spelling of a name can make it more exotic and unusual, but can lead to difficulties for others and in later in life.

You don’t always have to go for a modern name, there are many older baby girl names that are still fashionable and always will be – such as Elizabeth, Jennifer, Helen, Sophie and Lucy.

Celeb Baby News Weekly – Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton and David Walliams

I’m excited to reveal a new feature here at the Angel Gifts blog – a round up each week of some of the latest celebrity baby news and gossip.

With no further a do I present – in celebrity baby news this week!!…

Kim Kardashian baby shower

A few details have been released about heavily pregnant Kim Kardashian’s baby shower. Kim has asked that all gifts and donations go to the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

This is a really nice idea and full respect to her for helping a good cause. A close friend, Sharon Sacks is organsing the baby shower. Exact theme and day haven’t yet been revealed.

Partner Kanye West is reported to have spent little time with Kim during her pregnancy due to working away on his new album. It’s believed her family have warned Kim that Kanye is treating her badly. Let’s hope that’s not true. The couple were seen spending some time together in Paris this week.

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Image courtesy of Splash News

Kate Middleton shops in the rain

The beautiful Kate Middleton was seen out shopping for a new rug for the home she shares with Prince William, and of course some new nursery furniture for the new baby Prince or Princess soon to join the Royal Family.

She was dressed down in jeans and trainers and carried her own shopping bags (naturally), but her security held umbrellas over her.

The speculation is that Kate is due on the 13th or 14th July 2013. Not that it really matters because babies very rarely come on time! In fact only 5% are born on their “due date.” I gave birth four days late and only know of one person who’s baby arrived on the due date.

Kate is reported to be craving spicy food and eating a lot of chocolate and sweet things. Yep, sounds sounds about right!

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David Walliams becomes a Dad

Also this week David Walliams became a dad. His wife, model Lara Stone (12 years younger), gave birth to a baby boy. No further details have been revealed about the baby but I’m sure it won’t be long until more is announced! They got married in 2010.

David Walliams & Lara Stone Go Christmas Shopping

Look out for more celebrity baby news next week!

Why Pink for Girls and Blue for Boys?

These days it is common practice to dress baby girls in the colour pink and baby boys in blue, but throughout history this has not always been the case.

There are many theories behind the colour/gender combination but if we look into our past we find that it is a pretty recent thing.

In days gone by, most babies wore simple white cotton dresses and garments as they were easily cleaned and could be passed from one child to the next regardless of gender.

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Children used to be dressed in plain clothes. Public Domain Photo (Wiki Commons)

When did Things Change?

During the early 1940’s manufacturers had decided that a change was needed. It was then that pink became the colour for girls and blue for boys.

Many fashionable families followed this decision and over the following years it became widely acceptable across the globe that these were the colours our babies should be wearing.

As with most fashion statements what starts with the elite eventually filters down through the classes and can become the ‘norm’ in everyday life.

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Baby girl dressed in pink. Public Domain Photo (Pixabay)

Baby fashion has changed many times over the years and advances in the materials used and manufacturing processes mean we have more choice than ever today.

Even when buying baby gifts we still see many babies in blue or pink although ultimately we can choose what our babies wear.

(Personally I love nothing more than dressing my baby girl in pink from head to toe!)

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Baby boy in blue. Public Domain photo (Pixabay)

To be honest our babies don’t care what colour they wear, and many children don’t have an opinion on good or bad ‘colours’ unless it is pointed out to them as they grow older.

The trend for blue baby gifts for boys continues as does the opposite, pink baby gifts for girls. As so many people associate the colours with one sex or the other, it is an easy way to let the world know you have a new baby girl or baby boy.

Buying Baby Gifts

We all love to shower babies and young children with gifts, something they can grow up with and cherish when they are older. So take a look at some of my suggestions from Angel Gifts of what you could buy for that precious new arrival or extra special present.

Baby Boy Gifts

Our very own Boy’s Blue Door Stop Teddy Bear – A classic gift from the lovely Juliana range.

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Or for something a little more neutral you could go for this delightful Button Corner Photo Frame “My First Year” where you can make a permanent record of baby’s first year.

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Other great gifts for baby boys are mementoes and keepsakes that they can look upon in later life. Popular gifts are money boxes, teddy bears or even football strips.

Baby Girl Gifts

Take a look at this pretty Baby Girl Photo Frame by Laura Darrington, perfect for a little princess. This design has unfortunately been discontinued so get yours before they all go. (Currently 3 left in stock). It comes in a beautiful matching gift box.

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Always a popular choice is our Pink Bear with Blanket by Button Corner, cute and cuddly just like a baby.

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Little girls and even baby girls can be gifted jewellery, trinket boxes, beautiful memory books or in some cases pretty clothing or accessories.

10 of the Most Lavish Celebrity Baby Gifts

We’re all guilty of spoiling our babies at some point, but celebrities these days seem to be giving bigger, more expensive and luxurious gifts almost daily. Here is our run down of the top 10 most lavish baby gifts reported recently. What would you buy your baby if money was no object?

1. Beyonce, Jay-Z and 1 year old Blue Ivy

 Not only does baby Blue Ivy have a $1.5 million nursery it is rumoured that her star parents Beyonce and Jay-Z spent an overwhelming $1 million dollars for their baby’s first birthday back in January.

The gifts included an $80,000 jewel encrusted Barbie doll, expensive jewellery, playhouses and princess outfits.

Beyonce and Baby Ivy Gift

2. Tom Cruise and Daughter Suri

Speculation has it that Tom Cruise forked out a cool $7 million for daughter Suri’s birthday.

He bought the pretty girl a Gulf Stream Jet so she could fly between both of her parents homes and spend time with the Hollywood actor and his ex wife and actress Katie Holmes.

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3. Sandra Bullock bought son Louis what?

 Reports that Sandra Bullock recently purchased an Andy Warhol print for son Louis seem to be true. The actress paid a sum of $14,000 at auction for the print titled ‘Peaches’.

4. Posh and Becks

This well known duo are reported to have spent a staggering $240,000 on decorations for baby Harper Seven’s nursery, I can’t even imagine what it looks like!

Victoria Beckham bought Harper lavish gifts

5. Diddy and Justin Combs

For his son’s 16th birthday, Diddy bought the teenager Justin Combs a $360,000 Maybach. The hip hop star and producer not only gave his son a very expensive car, he also threw a fantastic New York party for Justin in the M2 Ultralounge.

6. A Gift from Gwyneth Paltrow

Not only does baby Blue Ivy Carter have famous doting parents, Beyonce and Jay-Z; she is also a friend of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gwyneth splashed out on a Bugaloo Cameleon stroller before Blue Ivy was born, retailing at $1,029 for this lucky tot.

Gwyneth Paltrow Baby Gifts

7. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and their Twins

Twins Morrocan and Monroe are a lucky pair.

Their parents – singer Mariah Carey and movie producer Nick Cannon threw a lavish birthday party for the twins in Paris. Gifts included a toy Ferrari, miniature white piano and a rocking horse.

8. Elton John, David Furnish and their son Zachary

What better way to welcome your newborn son than with a $2 million nursery in Los Angeles? Situated in the exclusive Sierra Towers baby Zachary has his own apartment equipped with 2 nannies, right next door to his doting dads.

Elton John Baby Gifts for Zachary

9. Kelly Rowland Buys Lucky baby Blue Ivy a Bath

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby, Blue Ivy, certainly is a lucky little girl.

Before she was born rumours say that American singer and songwriter Kelly Rowland purchased a Swarovski crystal studded baby bath for $5,200 for her BFF’s baby.

This beautiful little girl seems to have it all, millionaire parents and a whole troupe of adoring, star studded friends who adore her.

Celebrities splashing out at Swarovski for their baby gifts

10. Brad Pitt and Daughter Shiloh

Rumour has it that when little Shiloh was just 3 years old, her father Brad Pitt bought 2 diamond and platinum necklaces. Each necklace was from famous jeweller Neil Lane, with one reported to be worth $15,000.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Baby Gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Win a Button Corner Clock!

I began my first competition (of many) on Twitter on Thursday to win a Button Corner ceramic clock. This clock is perfect for a boy or a girl and looks beautiful on the wall of a nursery or bedroom wall.

Button Corner clock for baby boy or girl gift

To enter all you have to do is follow me and retweet one of the competition tweets in my twitter feed @angelgiftsuk.

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The competition ends Sunday 5th May at 9pm.

I will then add each and every retweeter to a list and enter it into randomresult.com to pick a random winner.

The winner will be announced after 9pm on Sunday, and I will direct message them for their address details to post the clock!

So far there are over 200 entries so don’t miss out! Look out for lots more competitions and giveaways from Angel Gifts.

If like me, you really love this clock and want to make sure you get yours, it is also available to purchase in the Angel Gifts shop for just £7.99.

Good luck! 🙂

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The Story of the Teddy Bear

Every baby needs at least one teddy bear. Bears are very traditional gifts and someone usually buys a new baby in the family a bear (or two, or three…)

Teddies make the perfect baby gift because they suit a boy or a girl, they’re soft, cuddly, safe and are always fun to play with.

Have you ever wondered though who invented teddy bears? Where did they come from?

Here’s a little story about a very famous bear…

(and no I’m not going to tell you the introduction to Super Ted, although that is a good story too).

On 14th November in 1902, Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th President of the United States) was on a bear hunt in Mississippi. Roosevelt found a wounded young bear. To stop the bear suffering any further he ordered the bear be killed.

The Washington Post heard about what had happened on the bear hunt and printed a cartoon of the incident drawn by a political cartoonist called Clifford K. Berryman.

The cartoon was given the title “Drawing the line in Mississippi.”

In the first cartoon sketch Berryman drew the bear looking fierce, because it had actually killed a hunting dog which led to it becoming wounded. He later redrew it as a cute and cuddly bear.

The cartoon and story became hugely popular.

Theodore Roosevelt Teddy Bear

 Cartoon by Clifford Berryman, published in Washington Post, 1902.

Morris Michton

Morris Michton saw the cartoon and decided to make the bear into a toy.

He made a bear and put it in his window with a sign next to it saying “Teddy’s bear” – Teddy being short for Theodore Roosevelt. Michton’s bears became a big success.

The Steiff Firm

But the story doesn’t end there. Whilst this was going on, the Steiff firm in Germany  had created their own stuffed bear and were completely unaware of Michton’s Teddy Roosevelt teddy bear. It is thought both creators had no idea about the other’s bears due to such poor methods of communication between countries at that time.

Modern Teddy Bears

The first teddy bears looked like real bears with long noses and beady eyes. Later versions became the cute and cuddly bears we see today, as well as being much softer (and safer).

There are all types of bears you can buy. Big ones, small ones, every colour you can think of. You will never have any trouble finding a teddy bear as a baby gift.

There is even “build a bear” company which lets you design how you want your teddy to look (I love this idea).

Here at Angel Gifts we have several different teddy bears for baby to choose from.

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Seeing as I mentioned Super Ted earlier – here’s that intro!

What about you? Have you got an old teddy bear from your childhood you still treasure?

A China Tea Set From The Queen

The list of gifts that the Royal Family and Prime Minister David Cameron have given to the US President Barack Obama over the past few years has just been revealed.

Gifts from the Royal Family have included:

(Images are not real and for artistic purposes only)

A 15-piece china tea set

China Tea Set

 An eagle tapestry

Eagle Tapestry

A dog toy

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A Brooch

Gold brooch from the Queen

A red leather-bound volume called “A Selection of Papers From the Royal Archives 1834-1897”

Red book from the queen

Signed photos of the Queen

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In total the presents from the Royal Family and Prime Minister to Obama have totalled £4606.

It turns out that the President and his wife receive so many gifts they don’t usually keep them and instead they end up in the US National Archives.

Here is a full archive of all the gifts ever given to Barack Obama including the gift itself and identity of the donator – it’s an interesting and unusual list of presents!

It’s often very difficult to buy for someone who you think has everything they could possibly need. I’m sure many of us have been in that situation when you don’t have any clue what to get.

Thankfully there is never that problem at Angel Gifts as babies are the easiest of all people to shop for, as well as possibly the most enjoyable!

What would you give someone who had everything?

News – Big Changes and New Shop!

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to update the blog and hopefully this is one post of many more to come!

A lot has happened over the past year here at Angel Gifts – a new baby (my beautiful daughter Jenny), moving house, becoming self-employed, and now I’m excited to be sharing with you my new look gifts shop.

Have a look and I’d love to know what you think! I also have a new logo.

As well as the updated online shop, there are lots of new beautiful baby gifts on their way, which I will be very busy listing in the next week or so.

Those already familiar with Angel Gifts will know that I have a certain look and feel to the baby gifts available here. These new items will be no different.Christening Gift Baby Girl Shoes

To ensure the best quality and workmanship I recently visited one of my new suppliers to gage just how well the new ranges will fit in. I was very happy and can’t wait for the next delivery to show people the beautiful new baby gifts on offer!

Competitions – Dont miss out!

There are lots of competitions and baby gift give aways launching very soon! For chances to win and keep in the know ‘like’ my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter! Plus, I always follow back 🙂

Until next time!

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7 Great Gift Ideas for a New Mum

Very often mums are forgotten when a new baby arrives (not intentionally) and the focus is all on buying the baby lots of gifts.

As a fairly new mum myself I wanted to write a post about some great gifts that are useful and would be appreciated for when you are shopping for a new baby – to also consider something for mum who also needs a bit of pampering and deserves a gift too after all that hard work!

1. Some Lovely Bath Products

It’s hard work looking after a new baby and a relaxing bath whilst the baby has gone asleep or someone else is looking after him/her often works wonders for feeling human again and recharging the batteries – made even better with some luxury bathbombs, fizzers or some good old bubble bath!

Gift ideas for mums

2. Chocolate

Not many people don’t love chocolate and it’s usually a welcome gift anytime, especially when you’ve just given birth! A cup of tea and some chocolate is a wonderful remedy for perking up any tired mum.

A gift idea for new mums is chocolate

3. A Bottle of Wine or Something Fizzy

After giving birth a glass of wine is definitely well deserved (perhaps not immediately!) Although the new mum might be breastfeeding a glass is usually okay. Plus it’s always handy to have a bottle in for when you fancy it.

If you don’t think wine is appropriate a bottle of bucks fizz or luxury juice could always be an  alternative option.

 

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4. A Gift Voucher For Pampering

Be it a back and shoulder massage, hair cut or facial, a bit of pampering is always a fantastic new mums gift.

It’s not always easy getting away from a newborn for long, but an hour or two is usually possible and what better way to escape than to go and have a bit of time away being pampered.

Massage for new mum gift

5. Magazines

Gossipy magazines are good for kicking back and relaxing in the bath or whilst feeding the baby.

They’re a quick easy way of taking you out of your chaotic world for a little bit and focusing on some trashy news about soap stars or the latest Lady Gaga outfit!

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6. Nursing Tea and Hot Chocolate

Yes I know I mention this one after the wine! But I swear by Neuner’s Nursing Tea for breastfeeding mums. It’s a herbal tea and fairly expensive (£5.79 for a box of 20 is the current price online) but it works wonders for increasing milk supply.

Breastfeeding mums gift idea is Neuners nursing tea

It has a very licorice flavour and is pleasant to drink. I believe it works by assisting fluid absorption and aiding milk production with the herbs. A few cups of this a day can have significant effects so be warned!*

*I am talking from personal experience only and cannot say how well it will work for other people. You can read the Amazon reviews here and see what you think.

I’m thinking of doing a review on this tea at some point in the future so if I do I’ll add the link to it in here.

Hot chocolate is also mentioned here because there’s nothing as lovely and comforting for a tired mum as a hot chocolate (especially if it’s made for you!) instead of nursing tea.

7. Flowers

Flowers are a very popular new mums gift and you can’t go far wrong with a nice bunch of something bright. The only difficulty might be (talking through personal experience here) is making sure the mum has enough vases because if everyone is sending bunches of flowers she might be stuck for where to put them.

It might seem a bit over-efficient but if you’re a close friend or family consider taking a spare vase too so you know the flowers will get to live in some fresh water just in case she has been inundated with flowers and has nowhere to put them!

Another option is to send flowers in a basket so a vase isn’t needed, and they’re likely to stay looking good longer too.

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I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration if you’re looking for a new mum gift. If you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear from you so add a comment!